Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
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Christ our King
This Sunday is celebrated as Christ the King Sunday. On this day we celebrate His Kingship and of our belonging to His Kingdom. It is a kingdom unlike any other kingdom that the world has ever known or ever will know. Our King sacrificed Himself to bring His kingdom to pass, as we read in Luke‚€™s Gospel, Chapter 23: 32-43

32 And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.


This kingdom is described quite well by the songwriter::

A Crown of Thorns (Ira Stamphill)

There was no crown for Him of silver or of gold
There was no diadem for Him to hold.
But blood adorned His brow,
And proud its stain He bore,
And sinners gave to Him the crown He wore.

CHORUS
A rugged cross became His throne
His kingdom was in hearts alone
He wrote His love in crimson red
And wore the thorns upon His head.

He did not reign upon a throne of ivory
But died upon the cross of Calvary.
For sinners there He counted all He owned but loss
And He surveyed His kingdom from a cross.

No purple robe He wore,
His bleeding wounds to hide
But stripes upon His back He wore with pride.
And from the wounds there flowed a crimson,
cleansing stream
That was a cover for the soul unclean.

There was a teenage girl who had a hard time understanding the meaning of the cross and thought that it was shameful that someone had to die such a cruel death for the sins of other people. She had a mother who was very beautiful--she was very beautiful excepting her hands, and her hands were shrunken and shriveled and unsightly. For a long time, during her girlhood, she said nothing on the matter; but at last her curiosity overpowered her. "Mother," she said, "I love your beautiful face, and I love your beautiful eyes and brow and neck; but I cannot love your hands, they are so ugly." Then her mother told her the story of her hands. She said, "When you were an infant sleeping in your cradle, one night the cry of fire rang through the house. I rushed upstairs--the nursery was ablaze--but God led me right to the cradle and I saved you; but ever since then my hands have been like this." The little girl was silent for a moment. Then she said "O mother, I still love your face: but I love your hands now. best of all.

Now she understood the meaning of the cross and why Jesus had to suffer such degrading treatment. It was for her sin that He came, He was her Saviour and her King. She now realized that she was a child of the King! Now instead of being repulsed by His appearance, she looked upon Him in His suffering with sorrow yes, but also with thankfulness to Him and love for Him.

How about you and I? Do we get it? Do we get it that God has reconnected Himself to all humanity through the cross of Christ, that He is not counting anyone‚€™s sins against them, including ourselves and that He longs for us to live in the continual awareness and knowledge through faith?

Which thief on the cross alongside Jesus do we find ourselves relating to? The one who did not know his sin or the one who recognized and acknowledged his sin? The one who remained blind to his Redeemer or the one who realized that he was guilty and deserved his punishment?

Are we the one who remains silent before our Redeemer or are we the one who acknowledges our need for the redemption/forgiveness that comes from the One on the middle cross who knew no sin, but became sin for us that we might become righteous through Him? 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Are we the one who remained ignorant or blind to our need of forgiveness and therefore remained silent before our Saviour? Or are we the one who has cried out the words that have rung through out history from the hearts of those who had nowhere to turn for forgiveness but through Christ. Have we in some shape or form cried out: ‚€œLord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.‚€Ě

Jesus heard the dying and repentant thief on that day, He has heard millions throughout the ages when they cried to Him in their need, and He will hear all those who cry unto Him in their need of forgiveness today. Dear friend, He wants all to know this amazing gift of grace and forgiveness, for that is His greatest desire as our King: To gather as many as will into His kingdom that lasts forever and forever‚€¦..

Pastor Orval Wirkkala


Posted on 22 Nov 2016 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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